Continuing my theme of sharing some information that centres around things apart from Comicoz doings, I thought I should share with you about the Second Zine and Independent Comic Symposium (ZICS) being held in Brisbane in late August (29th to 31st to be precise). The function is open to the public and is being held at The Edge, near the grounds of the Queensland State Library, at Southbank. You can learn more about this by clicking here and reading information on their Facebook page.
Let me be lazy and spruik from their blurbs: "The event aims to provide a forum for the talents involved in independent publishing within Brisbane and across the nation. ZICS is a not for profit community collective, all run by volunteers who want to put on an event different to the usual conventions. ZICS is about people’s passions and engaging with the community."
One reason for attending is to mingle with some of the creative talents attending. One of those will be Jase Harper, who will be bringing copies of his brand-new graphic novel Awkwood to sell (see below). And one reason why I would like to be there. And -- due to my being scheduled to work a stint of night duty -- I shall sadly be unable to attend.
However, even if you have a legitimate excuse like me and are unable to attend, you will have NO EXCUSE not to contribute into making this ZICS event a success. The ZICS collective are seeking fund through the Pozible crowd-funding site and (at this point of writing) are just over $1000 short of their most modest target of $3000. I do urge you to help them reach their goal by putting in even a very small Pledge. You can access the site by clicking here.
However, Dear Reader, lest you think I am doing nothing except make a small pledge to ZICS, I can let you know that I am taking part in a workshop run by The Edge with the help of the ZICS crew called "Create Your Own Comic or Zine: From Whoa to Go". This workshop runs over six weeks and allow participants to "conceptualise, design, refine, print and distribute a zine or comic" and have them offered for sale at the event. I am afraid that the workshop has already begun. I will be participating (with Elouise Quinlivan) and speaking on August 15th. Details of the topics covered can be found by clicking here; and if you were interested in joining in any similar future workshops, let the good people at The Edge know, so they are aware there is a demand for this community activity.
For Readers of this blog who live in Melbourne (and surrounds), if you are keen on meeting Jase Harper and attending his Awkwood graphic novel launch, then pencil in August 23rd on your calendar. Then on that day, head on down to Squishface Studios (that's at 309 Victoria Street, Brunswick) where comic publishing colleagues Milk Shadow Books will host the event between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. More details of the event are available by clicking here.
Comicoz is Nat Karmichael's publishing imprint. Nat is committed to preserving a permanent collection of Australian comic and comic strips. He feels that there is a need to recognise comics' contribution to and depiction of Australian culture.
Since 2011, Nat has self-published over twelve comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of
Oi Oi Oi! -- the last series of nationally-distributed comic books of original stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He is a member of the Australian Cartoonists Association and edited the Association's journal Inkspot for 14 issues from late 2015. For numerous years he was the Lead Judge in the Ledger of Honour Awards for the Comic Arts Awards of Australia (formerly the Ledgers). These days Nat dreams of retiring from his occupation as a Clinical Nurse in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital, so that he can spend more time with his long-suffering wife and their six children and fourteen grandchildren. And perhaps publish some more comic-related books.
Comicoz acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay respects to elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.
Australian Publications since 1976:
1 x Poster
19 x comics (one a co-production with Cyclone Comics in 1988/9, one a co-production with Cowtown Comics in 2022)
2 x Paperback books
10 x Hardcover books